Climb up Big Ben, and see the bell (Jan 2015)

Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster, London 51.500665 -0.124529
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Important note:They are no longer offering tours of Big Ben due to renovations. The tours are not expected to start again until 2020

Big Ben is probably the most famous landmark in London, but did you know that you can actually get permission to climb the clock tower? A tour will take you up all 334 steps to the belfry, where you'll stand ten feet away from the Big Ben bell as it strikes the hour (don't worry, earplugs are provided!).

You will also have an opportunity to visit the pendulum and mechanism, and stand behind all four of the giant clock faces as the experienced guide tells you about their history.

Unfortunately, it's a lot harder to get into Big Ben than it is to get into Parliament itself. You can't just turn up on the day and ask for a tour -- you have to jump through a few hoops first.

First of all, you have to be a UK resident, and you must obtain a ticket by writing to your local MP. (Work out who your MP is by looking here.) They will undertake a security check on your personal details before giving you a slot. You should be prepared for a long wait -- tours are often booked up 3 or 4 months in advance. You should also expect tight security on the day -- you will be expected to bring two forms of ID and have your photo taken. Photography will not be allowed inside the tower.

Craig has been on this tour himself and thoroughly recommends it. You might like to read his review before you go. You might like to combine the tour with a visit to the House of Commons as well, where you can watch the MPs debating. Or maybe you can come back at the weekend for a Saturday tour of Parliament, and see the rest of the building?

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Admin – “Have a read of the review and it says how many steps you climb at each stage you dont have to climb the whole lot in one go, you do get some rest stops along the way.They're not particularly steep, from my memory they were no steeper than the kind of stairs you have at homeYou wont be given a limitless amount of time to climb them though, because he needs to get you up to the top to hear the bell strike the hour”

 Guest – “Hello again.Thank you ever so much for your reply, it's very helpful. I shall send a link to your blog to the WI ladies. Fab write up by the way.Thanks again.Mel”

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